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August 24, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(8):518-519. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470340036006

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The health officer of the port of New York, Dr. Alvah H. Doty, has been experimenting with insecticides to do away with the mosquito pest in malarial districts within his jurisdiction. In one particularly insanitary section of limited extent, a noticeable change for the better followed oiling the numerous stagnant pools, cisterns, etc., with petroleum. The mosquitoes, while not exterminated, were greatly reduced in number, to the corresponding comfort of the residents. If it were not that numerous other breeding places existed just over the borders of this square mile or less of territory the results would have undoubtedly been much better. While the experiment goes far to prove the local character of the mosquito fauna and indeed it is hardly to be expected that they would be so restricted in their movements as this experiment would seem to show, a complete success would require a much more general attack

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